Cultural Transformations

The aim of the programme is to examine the social roles performed today by cultural production, circulation and transformation.


Research groups connected to the programme

Affect and the Body

This research group investigates the ‘extra representational’ by focusing on new forms of political mobilization and affective management, which work on and through bodies.    

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Coordinators: Britta Timm KnudsenChristoffer KølvraaCarsten Stage

Creativity, Media and Culture Production

This research group investigates the concept of creativity through the three main areas of 1) Creativity, theatre and education, 2) Creativity and screen production, and 3) Creative industry and culture production.   

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Coordinators: Ida KrøgholtAnne Marit Waade

Cultures and Practices of Death and Dying

This interdisciplinary research group includes researchers investigating how humans invent, engage in, develop, change and negotiate cultural practices around death and dying - both before, during and after death.

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Coordinator: Dorthe Refslund Christensen

Fandom and Celebrity Culture

This research group focuses on the aesthetics and culture of fandom and celebrities from the perspectives of cross-media communication and media convergent culture. 

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Coordinator: Matthias Stephan

Future Making

This research group brings together interdisciplinary projects that explore how we enact, study, archive, curate, write, and otherwise document the present in ways that influence our futures. 

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Coordinator: Annette Markham 

 

 

Heritage and Tourism

This research group investigates entangled and dynamic relationships between natural/cultural heritage and tourism in various socio-political settings put in motion by new actors and challenges.  

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Coordinator: Britta Timm Knudsen

Participatory Culture

This research group is a forum for the investigation of user-generated production and user-driven participation across a variety of social fields and participatory platforms, e.g. urban spaces, aesthetic co-productions and online environments.

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Coordinator: Camilla Møhring Reestorff

 

 

Practice Theory

Practice theory addresses a key issue in studies of culture and cultural transformations, combining inspirations from sociology, philosophy, cultural theory, and science and technology studies (STS, ANT). This research group aims to develop this field as a foundation for exploring topics within the area of culture and aesthetics  

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Coordinator: Mads Krogh

Public, Media and Democracy

Public debate and political action are influenced by aestheticization, commercialization and the obligations of a media-saturated public space. At the same time the development of digital and interactive media facilitates new kinds of democratic participation and activism.

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Coordinator: Henrik Kaare Nielsen

Recalcitrant Aesthetics

This research group brings together junior scholars investigating how recalcitrant materiality, objects, and affects acting beyond human control relate to aesthetic and cultural phenomena.  

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rethinkIMPACTS2017

The core delivery of rethinkIMPACTS 2017 is a research-based evaluation of Aarhus as European Capital of Culture in 2017

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Coordinator: Louise Ejgod Hansen

Sexuality Studies

The aim of the research group Sexuality Studies is to contribute to an increased academic focus on sexuality and hereby to an increased understanding of the relation between sexuality and culture.

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Coordinator: Camilla Skovbjerg Paldam

Sound Studies

The key issues addressed by this research group involve exploring, improving and presenting the relationship between sound and sound experience in a variety of contexts from a full, cross-disciplinary perspective. We carry out various interdisciplinary studies of the status, function and significance of sound and sound experience within the fields of media, language/literature, digital aesthetics, communication, art and culture, health, and urban spaces/architecture.

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Coordinator: Ansa Lønstrup

Upcoming events

Wed 18 Apr
10:00-16:00 | Aarhus University
Cultures of Participation - Arts, Digital Media and Politics
18-20 April 2018. Over the last decade cultural participation and cultures of participation have received increased attention within different academic disciplines, cultural institutions and societal sectors. What are the characteristics of cultural participation and how do these manifest themselves in cultures of participation?